Board of Directors

Ian Gilmour (Chair) An Associate Partner with KPMG, Ian specializes in designing and leading large public sector transformations. Currently advising on health care reform in several American states, he led the modernization of water and wastewater plants and helped design Ontario’s Water Resource Information System.  

Ian Gilmour (Chair)

An Associate Partner with KPMG, Ian specializes in designing and leading large public sector transformations. Currently advising on health care reform in several American states, he led the modernization of water and wastewater plants and helped design Ontario’s Water Resource Information System.

 

Jean Ann Ledwell, OSU (Director)

Proud of her Newfoundland heritage, Jean Ann has been an adult educator and tireless advocate for the rights of women, the poor, the disabled and the environment in Canada and the developing world. She is an Ursuline Sister and has served on her congregation’s Leadership Team for Ontario. She is a founder of The Elderberry Connection and board member of the Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative Foundation.

Allenna Leonard (Vice Chair)

A respected consultant in organizational cybernetics, she is a Director of the Cwarel Isaf Institute and a licensee of the Team Syntegrity Process. She is past president of the American Society for Cybernetics and the International Society of Systems Sciences. She has written extensively on the application of systems sciences to ecology and social justice.

Nanette Sanson (Director)

Currently enjoying semi-retirement, Nanette brings 30 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience and has held numerous positions over the course of her working life such as Fundraising Manager – Corporations and Foundations at Outward Bound Canada and Fundraising Manager – The Development Office at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. Her experience has also included working with Executive Search and consulting on marketing and business development for the private and not-for-profit sectors. Nanette serves on the Advisory Board of the LGBT Giving Network and the Fund Development Committee for MCC Toronto. She was recently a board member for Workman Arts and The Toronto Friendship Centre and on the marketing committee of the Toronto Foundation.

Marcelene Anderson (Director) Managing director of Raven Strategic Consulting, Marcelene specializes in strategic management, assisting organizations to develop and successfully implement their strategy, align their organization at all levels, and build high-performance organizations that achieve results day-to-day. She works with private, not-for-profit, and Aboriginal organizations.

Marcelene Anderson (Director)

Managing director of Raven Strategic Consulting, Marcelene specializes in strategic management, assisting organizations to develop and successfully implement their strategy, align their organization at all levels, and build high-performance organizations that achieve results day-to-day. She works with private, not-for-profit, and Aboriginal organizations.

Ronnie Seagren (Secretary) An advisory technical editor for user interfaces and information about IBM software for continuous engineering, she's a leader in the architecture and findability of content. She has extensive experience with NGOs, including education in Chicago and Japan, refugee job programs in Los Angeles, community development in India and Jamaica, and editing of books and journals.

Ronnie Seagren (Secretary)

An advisory technical editor for user interfaces and information about IBM software for continuous engineering, she's a leader in the architecture and findability of content. She has extensive experience with NGOs, including education in Chicago and Japan, refugee job programs in Los Angeles, community development in India and Jamaica, and editing of books and journals.

Rienk DeVries (Director)

A recognized water utility consultant, Rienk has provided advice, direction and facilitation to leading public sector organizations in 3 countries. He's worked side-by-side with unionized staff and management to implement best practices in all aspects of service delivery. He coauthored the Water Environment Federation practice, on information technology in utilities. His work with Canadian municipalities and provinces ensured cost-effective services that meet stringent quality standards for drinking water and contaminant removal to protect Canada’s surface and groundwater. A special interest is connecting citizens to actions to protect water.

Jyotsana Naik (Director)

Jyotsana is a retired professor of Microbiology, having taught at several universities in India and at the University of Chicago. She has done extensive volunteer work with schools, hospitals, earthquake relief, and teaching underprivileged children. She moved to Canada in 2009 and is currently studying to teach English as a Second Language.

Founding Advisor & Director Emeritus:
Marjorie J. Sharpe

   

For 50 years Marjorie was an inspiration and an example for women, blazing many a trail. She played the decisive role in creating the Toronto Community Foundation, and the amazing Pathways to Education program. As former president and CEO of Altruvest Charitable Services, she introduced the Board Match program, one of the most successful methods to recruit and train new board members. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Governing with Soul.

After many years of tireless service to her community, Marjorie passed from this world in June 2016.


Founding Advisor:  Thomas Berry

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Ecologos was born and guided in a series of conversations with Thomas Berry.

Thomas was one of the most influential thinkers of our time, eminent both as a cultural historian and as a profoundly insightful advocate and inspiring guide of the ecological movement. His writings include The Religions of India, The Dream of the Earth, The Universe Story (with Brian Swimme), and The Great Work.

From his start as a cultural historian Berry moved in the last twenty years of his life to become a historian of Earth – in his words, a geologian. His shift from human history to cosmological history was a necessary progression for Berry. He witnessed in his own lifetime the scientific revolution of the 20th century and the emergence of a planetary civilization as cultures came in contact with one another around the globe. At the same time, the very resources for sustaining such a planetary civilization are being undermined by massive environmental destruction.

Thomas began his academic career as a historian of western intellectual history, but was also strongly influenced by his studies of Asian thought and religions, indigenous religious traditions, and as a student of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.